Jordan medical tourism remains on hold

 

All passengers entering Jordan need to produce a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of travel, plus a compulsory test on arrival. Residents from 43 countries can enter. All travellers must also:

Jordan has classified source countries into three categories, red, yellow and green, depending on the scale of the COVID-19 outbreak within their own borders.

Travellers from all countries must follow these protocols for entry in Jordan:

  • Present proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test no older than 72 hours prior to departure.
  • Undergo another PCR test upon arrival.

Green travellers however do not need to go into quarantine, Regardless of test results, all Yellow country travellers are sent to institutional-quarantine for a period of seven days and then to home-quarantine for another seven days.

Regardless of test results all travellers from Red countries are sent to institutional-quarantine for a period of seven days and then to home-quarantine for another seven days, with a tracking bracelet.

Which countries are in Green, Red and Yellow bands will be updated by The National Centre for Security and Crisis Management in Jordan when they see fit.

At opening the following were Green Countries:

  • Canada
  • Cyprus
  • Czechia
  • Denmark
  • Greece
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • Lithuania
  • Malaysia
  • Morocco
  • Poland
  • Switzerland
  • Thailand
  • Turkey
  • Tunisia

Yellow Countries:

  • Algeria
  • Austria
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • UAE

Red Countries:

  • Bahrain
  • Belgium
  • France
  • Iraq
  • Kuwait
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • Oman
  • Qatar
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Spain
  • UK
  • Ukraine
  • USA
  • Egypt
  • Sudan
  • Syria
  • Yemen

Jordan’s tourism ministry has outlined a medical tourism plan to receive Arab and foreign patients, and the measures in place on arrival and departure. A website, administered by the Private Hospitals Association (PHA) in partnership with selected hospitals, has been developed that those seeking treatment in Jordan must register on. Electronic visa and booking and payment services are available through the website, while a hotline is available for assistance.

Jordan’s medical tourism is mainly dealing with people from countries who are in or next to a war zone. The sector is unique in that while the region’s problems can put off some paying customers, the worse the situation on war, civil war and terrorism is locally, the more patients flee to Jordanian hospitals, including from Libya and Syria.

Historically medical tourists go to Jordan from:

  • Iraq
  • Libya
  • Palestine
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Syria
  • Yemen

Palestine is not an approved country, while the other five Gulf states are Red Countries. The PHA site has not yet been activated.

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